â€œBehold, the sea itself...â€ begins the powerful first words of Vaughan Williamsâ€™ choral symphony. The pairing of Walt Whitmanâ€™s poetry from Leaves of Grass with Vaughan Williamsâ€™ visionary composition takes us on a mystical voyage where nature offers passage to the soulâ€™s discovery. From the first triumphant brass chords, the crashing of percussion and shimmering strings, this work is a tour de force that showcases the composerâ€™s mastery of both the majestic and the lush, haunting melodic beauty for which he is so celebrated.
Robert Honeysucker, baritone and Dana Schnitzer, soprano
Lisa Graham, Music Director